painting by david wright
In the seventh century the Cherokee were named
one of the “Five Civilized Tribes” as they could assimilate
numerous cultural practices, were willing to be trained
by arrogant European-American settlers to emulate
the invader’s Continental clothing styles and beliefs;
so the bible was translated completely into Cherokee
and Sam Houston was treated like one of their chiefs
before the Indian Removal Act became the major key
in 1838, for Martin Van Buren, who was then President,
to dispatch 7,000 federal troops to evict 16,000 Cherokee,
force marching them 800 miles, mandated by the government
to travel to the hellhole called The Indian Territory.
Yet today, the Cherokee thrive, having 300,000 members,
the largest tribe in the United States, now patriotic partners.
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